Body Odor

12 Sep

Underarms – that pesky areas of our bodies that seem to require special attention.  We even have special products just for them!  However – don’t be fooled in believing that all deodorants/antiperspirants are the same.  Some ingredients in body odor control can actually be quite toxic for our health.

The first major thing to know is the difference between deodorants and antiperspirants…

  1. Deodorants – neutralize or mask odor from perspiration at the skin’s surface.
  2. Antiperspirants – lessen perspiration from happening at  a sub derma level.

Antiperspirants usually contain aluminum (potassium alum or potash alum) that enter the skin and block pores from releasing perspiration.  As Gillian Deacon writes (in her book “There’s Lead In Your Lipstick”):

“The things is that perspiring is one of our body’s natural mechanisms for releasing toxins and impurities, maintaining an appropriate salt level in the bloodstream, not to mention regulating temperature.  You can be sure that if the body manufactures that liquid and wants to release it through the pores, it has a good reason.  Using antiperspirants essentially amounts to overriding one of the body’s natural systems.  If your skin isn’t able to eliminate toxins properly through perspiration you may experience a trickle-down effect on your internal organs.  The liver, kidneys, and large intestines are challenged to work harder if impurities that would otherwise be release by perspiration stay in the body.”

Aluminum has been associated with:

  • Breast cancer
  • Seizures
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Kidney problems
  • Bone formation disease
    (Taken from the Global Healing Centre)

Although research is inconclusive on these findings there is enough evidence to use caution in choosing your products…  However, it can be frustrating, and expensive, to try out deodorants using only natural ingredients if you still end up smelling foul.  Unfortunately – you really do have to find something that works for your unique body chemistry – here are a few options recommended in Gillian’s book :

  1. Lemon Deodorant Cream $12

    Rocky Mountain Soap Company  liquid roll-on – odor free guarantee or you get your money back!

  2. Weleda citrus deodorant – for men or women.
  3. Crawford Street Skin Care natural deodorant – handmade in Toronto with essential oils and shea butter.
  4. Make your own – try a cornstarch/baking soda combo.

Do you have a deodorant that has worked for you?  Leave us a comment – we love a good recommendation!



2 Responses to “Body Odor”

  1. thriftshopperforpeace September 14, 2012 at 4:53 pm #

    i’ve used Tom’s of Maine natural deodorant stick and found that it works fairly well; some days i’ve had to use it twice a day in order to stay odor-free. having said that, my concern is more with perspiration – underarm stains like the ones shown in your photo above simply aren’t attractive, no matter how natural they are! throw menopause into the mix and you’re even more hooped. 🙂 i wish there was something that was safe that you could use to keep from perspiring – at least to curb perspiration enough so that you’re not totally embarassed.

    • nowastewednesdays September 17, 2012 at 9:16 am #

      Hey Thriftshopperforpeace! One option is to apply your Tom’s deodorant and then follow it up with a pat of corn starch, talc or baby powder. Let us know how it goes 🙂

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